The personality and strong character of the female archetypes on Othello can be seen through the Feminist point of view. The three main female characters; Desdemona, Emilia and Bianca; are all affected and oppressed by society in different ways. Desdemona; the faithful wife; and her servant, Emilia are suppressed by the society’s male domination, and its views that women should be owned by men as if they are property. Bianca, on the other hand, has more freedom than of an average woman due to her role as a courtesan. However, she, also is suppressed by the society due to her work as a courtesan.
The first such way is to ignore any legitimate concerns women have; the second way is to classify any emotion as unnecessary and “irrational.” Women get taken advantage of solely because society has considered them emotional, which in today’s modern society is often mistaken for being unstable. This in turn affects a women’s status in life. With this in mind, it is the status that will ultimately define their social mobility, “the lower the status, the more manner of seeing and feeling is subjected to being discredited, and the less believable it becomes” (Hochschile 173). Society has usually seen the lower class as unintelligent and therefore have their opinions denigrated. Even if she has a legitimate case to voice an opinion, “a person of lower status has a weaker claim to the right to define what is going on; less
In Lepines’ letter, he sites how feminists had ruined his life and they were the reason he committed this crime. Feminist theory on crime explains this thought clearly. Lepines’ ideas about the roles of women were formed by a patriarchal society leading him to believe in some that women were not equal to men and should not be given all the opportunities of men (Knuttila, 305). These women wanted to be educated and become engineers; Lepine could not cope with this fact and blamed women, namely feminist for his short comings in life. Did Lepine come up with these ideas himself or was he a product of a society that dictated classical roles and oppression of women?
The Discrimination against Women Identities Throughout history, female were considered lesser beings and nothing more than the property of their husband. In the short story, Blank Spaces by Joanna Cockerline, the acknowledgment of female being inferior creatures in comparison to men is highlighted. Struggle against misfortunes, Elizabeth is oppressed by the social inequality due to the fact that she is a girl. In Blank Spaces, the social inequality implied by the narrative severely impacts Elizabeth’s career hierarchy, character traits, and life experiences. Like many feminist writer, Cockerline focuses her emphasis on how social norm discriminate women by inhibit their job opportunities.
She does this in order to show how the obsession that the girlchild has with her own body was one of the largest factors in the suicide. Another one of the stereotypes that Piercy draws upon is their behavior. Piercy describes how the girlchild was told to “play coy.” This describes the societal pressure of what is stereotypically “lady-like.” She was “advised” to act as other ladies would act, and she tried to the furthest extent she could manage. She attempted to act demure and sweet, which was the only thing society allowed for. The term
Consider the effect conventional society has on the protagonists within both Wuthering Heights and Tess of the d’Urbervilles. In both “Wuthering Heights” and “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” the female characters are seen as subservient to their male counterparts and characters such as Heathcliff and Tess are treated as inferior as a result of their lower status. Both novels were considered to be unconventional because the authors explore taboo subjects such as ghosts, child abuse, rape and murder. The Protagonists are affected by societies expectations of the Victorian era that are forced upon them, which affects their actions; preventing their happiness and true love from flourishing. Victorian society held strong, conservative religious views.
Baier said that this provides the germs of a theory about why, given current customs of childrearing, it should be mainly woman who are not content with the moral outlook that she calls the justice perspective. She points out that this is rather strange considering that it is this perspective that is partly responsible for the end liberation from sexual oppression. They (women), like blacks, used the language of rights and justice to change their own social position, but nevertheless see limitations in that language, according to Gilligan’s findings as a moral psychologist. She reports the “discontent: with the individualist more or
As a result of Jane's tantrums, quick temper, and lack of self-control, society classifies her as an immoral person. She speaks up for her herself when she knows she is not supposed to, and her family believes that she acts more like a "rebel" than a young woman. Her spontaneous and violent actions go against conventionality and she must suffer for being so free-spirited. Miss Abbot believes: "God will punish her: He might strike her in the midst of her tantrums"; (15). Jane's tantrums are not customary or acceptable, so during those precise moments of
Metaphors are described as rhetoric devices that compare two objects (abstract or physical) to show the similarity between one object to the other by creating a new idea using each of the objects elements (Britannica, 1990, p. 61). Structural and ontological metaphors are used within the article. The metaphor, ‘…the B team of religious celebrations’ (Deveny, 2008) indicates that it is a structural metaphor of which is one concept made in the condition of the other concept, as expressed by Marsden (2006, pg. 41). It is seen that in this metaphor there are two concepts, ‘B team’ and ‘religious celebrations’; one is inclined to process the meaning of ‘B team’ and then correlate it with another concept ‘religious celebrations’.
In Sophocles’ Antigone and in Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, it is clear that society is affected by the inequality inherited in their laws. Throughout both plays, characters have to find their way to achieve their desires and contribute to society. Not only did gender categorize people in that time, but also the faith people had changed the way others perceived you. Although now, we think of law as a benevolent institution, in Antigone we see that law oppresses women rights and is unjust, whereas in Merchant of Venice law limits religion, women and doesn’t act fair upon citizens. In both Antigone and Merchant of Venice, women are minimized and are not taken into account by higher classes.